Our health scheme better than Ayushman Bharat, says Naveen

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday claimed that the State’s health insurance scheme was much better than the Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat programme, brushing aside criticism from Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.Odisha has adopted its own health health insurance scheme — the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, named after legendary leader Biju Patnaik — in place of the Central programme which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23. The BSKY was launched on August 15.Mr. Patnaik’s assertions came a day after Mr. Pradhan had termed as “misleading” the Chief Minister’s claim that one crore cases were registered under the BSKY within 60 days of its launch.“The Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana is a historic step since both the BPL [Below Poverty Line] and APL [Above Poverty Line] people will get health benefits under the scheme. It is way better than Ayushman Bharat,” the Chief Minister said while addressing a function to mark the ruling Biju Janata Dal’s “Padayatra” here. The BJD had launched the “Jansampark Padayatra” on October 2 across the State.After a review of the BSKY, Mr. Patnaik had on Saturday said the scheme had benefitted over one crore people within 60 days of its launch.Misleading, says Minister Mr. Pradhan, the Union Petroleum Minister, had challenged the Chief Minister’s claim on Tuesday. “How come one crore cases were registered under the BSKY within 60 days when the total number of people visiting government hospitals in a year is much less than one crore?” he had said.Odisha’s adoption of a different health insurance scheme has triggered a war of words between the BJD and the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, which would coincide with the State Assembly polls.Talking about the BSKY, Mr. Patnaik said people irrespective of their economic status will be benefitted under the scheme.Ridiculing the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat programme, he said, “Does any disease see poor or rich before affecting a person? Those not in the BPL category will also get benefits under BSKY.”“The State government is there for those in the BPL as well as in the APL category,” Mr. Patnaik added.last_img read more

‘Congress govt. has betrayed the people of Punjab’

first_imgShiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is steering the party’s election campaign in Punjab, said in an interview that there is no one among the Opposition parties who can be considered prime ministerial material. Mr. Badal, whose party is contesting 10 out of 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab in alliance with the BJP, spoke on how the Congress government in the State has let down the people and why the SAD (Taksali) faction is no threat to the Akali Dal. Excerpts:The Akali Dal recently saw a few senior leaders revolting and floating the SAD (Taksali). Do you think it would impact the party’s prospects in the parliamentary election? I seriously believe and even have reliable information that they [SAD-Taksali leaders] are regretting their decision to leave the party. Now they are being disgraced by petty political figures half their age and with no political base. As far as our prospects are concerned, let me remind you that these [Taksali] leaders lately had not been able to win even their own seats despite being in a major political party. Minus the party base, they are zero. We will only gain from their exit because when these leaders were with us, we had to keep so many energetic leaders away out of respect for the seniority of these leaders. Now, those energetic young leaders are working hard and there is a new spring in the step of the party cadre. What would be the issues on which the SAD-BJP combine will fight the parliamentary polls? There are three main issues. First, the country needs a strong, clear-headed and decisive Prime Minister, and there is no match for Narendra Modi in this regard. The Opposition just cannot get its act together, and frankly there is no one among them, certainly not Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who can be considered prime ministerial material. Secondly, in Punjab, the Congress has set new records in neglect of the State and its people. The people want to punish the State government for its non-performance and they see the Lok Sabha election as an opportunity to express themselves. Thirdly, people have begun to contrast the development and welfare work done by the previous SAD-BJP government with the misrule of the current Congress regime. They want to teach the Congress a lesson. How do you assess the Congress government’s work in Punjab so far? The fact is that the Congress government in the State has betrayed the people. Capt. Amarinder Singh promised on oath during the 2017 Assembly poll campaign that he would waive the debt of all farmers. But after coming to power, he backed out on this promise and the scheme has not benefited even 1% of the farmers. The Congress promised jobs to every household in the State, unemployment allowance of ₹2,500 to the youth, hike in pension amount from ₹500 to ₹2,500, and increase in Shagun scheme amount from ₹5,100 – which we used to give for wedding of daughters of Dalits, to ₹51,000. None of these promises has been fulfilled. In fact, welfare schemes for the poor started by us have been shelved and development activities, which were going on during our tenure, have come to a standstill. The only development that Punjab has seen in the last two years is that Capt. Amarinder has graduated from being totally “inaccessible CM to becoming a totally invisible CM”. What’s your view on the Chief Minister’s security concerns while dealing with Pakistan on the Kartarpur Sahib corridor? Would you give Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu any credit for headway in the project?Every Sikh has been praying for the last 70 years for the Khalsa Panth to get free access to the holy shrines from which the community had been weaned away after the 1947 Partition. And no, there are no security concerns involved in the Kartarpur Sahib corridor. This will be a regulated passage with security agencies registering every devotee. Security threats never come from regulated access. It never comes from the Wagah check post; it will never come from the Kartarpur Sahib corridor. As for Navjot Singh Sidhu, he has himself stopped talking about it now, realising that people have seen through his bluff. Do you think that the Aam Aadmi Party, which bucked the national trend in favour of the BJP and its allies in 2014 in Punjab, will again pose a serious challenge in the parliamentary polls? AAP is no longer relevant in Punjab. It is now reduced to being a B-team of the Congress, like some other parties such as Punjabi Ekta Party, the so-called Taksalis, the Simranjit Mann faction and the Bargari Morcha. They are all adjuncts of the Congress and are there to be used only to promote the Congress cause.last_img read more

Salman, Asin to lock lips

first_imgSalman Khan and AsinSalman Khan has finally agreed to kiss on screen for the first time in his 22-year-old career. The superstar, who has resolutely avoided locking lips to maintain a family image so far, will be seen smooching co-star Asin in Anees Bazmee’s upcoming film, Ready. “It is not yet decided if it will be a long, passionate kiss or a short peck, but director Bazmee has managed to convince Salman that the scene is important to the script. Salman had initially refused to give the shot and it took some talking on Bazmee’s part to convince him,” said a source in the unit of the film.Salman has all along maintained that he is “not too comfortable kissing on screen”. Despite giving several blockbusters such as Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Maine Pyar Kiya and Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya as a romantic hero, he has largely refrained from kissing on screen.Naturally, when Bazmee threw up the idea, the superstar was reluctant. Salman apart, the kissing scene is also bound to arouse interest because of Asin. An established superstar in Tamil cinema, Asin has all along maintained a traditional image as an actress down South, as also in Ghajini and London Dreams, the two Bollywood films she has done so far.Lately however, having struggled in Bollywood after London Dreams flopped, Asin is gunning for a glamorous image makeover. Reports have already suggested that she is willing to don a bikini in Sajid Khan’s Housefull 2. Meanwhile, the first look of Ready was launched recently in Mumbai. Initial snapshots of the film feature Salman sporting fashionable shades and a short cropped hairdo, and striking a few whacky poses, in sync with the film’s slapstick flavour.Ever since shooting started for the film, Ready has been in the news for various reasons. Recently, there were rumours that Salman and Bazmee had a spat during an outdoor shooting in Bangkok after the director returned to Mumbai midway. Bazmee later denied any rift with Salman.advertisementlast_img read more

Nokia Asha 311: Price and specifications

first_imgNokia India had announced the launch of two new touch phones in its Asha series – Asha 305 and Asha 311 in the Indian market.Asha 311, priced at Rs 7,139, is powered by a 1 GHz processor. It has a 3-inch scratch resistant capacitive touch screen, internal memory of 256 MB and a 3.2 megapixel camera.The phone also offers users 40 EA games to download for free. These games range across action, arcade and sports, and include titles such as Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed: The Run and Fifa 2012.”With the launch of Nokia Asha touch range, we are strengthening our range of ‘mobile internet’ devices that offer these experiences to the customers,” Viral Oza, director marketing, Nokia India, said.According to the company, the Asha touch device is supported by Nokia Browser 2.0 that offers consumers faster and cheaper internet access as it compresses data consumption by 85 percent using cloud acceleration technology.- With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

Diamondbacks Fire Kirk Gibson

first_imgPHOENIX — The Diamondbacks fired Manager Kirk Gibson three years after he won the NL’s Manager of the Year award for leading Arizona to the playoffs.The Diamondbacks are assured of at least a tie for the worst record in the majors this season, having lost 96 games entering the final series of the year.“Kirk has done an admirable job under difficult circumstances,” Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa said in a statement. “We feel like it is time for a fresh start.”The move came as the Diamondbacks front office restructures under La Russa following a third disappointing season in a row. Arizona went 81-81 in 2013 and 2012. Former major league pitcher Dave Stewart was hired Sept. 25th as the team’s new General Manager.“I am extremely appreciative for this opportunity and I had a great experience with the Diamondbacks,” Gibson said in a statement issued through the team. “I know we had a tough year and people will look at this as a negative, but we accomplished a lot of good things here. I told the team that I have nothing but the utmost respect for this organization and the people I’ve met along the way.”Bench coach Alan Trammell was also let go. Gibson joined the Diamondbacks as a bench coach in 2007 and took over as interim manager in July 2010. The Diamondbacks kept him on and the team went 94-68 to win the NL West in 2011, his first full year.Gibson and Trammell were teammates on the 1984 Detroit Tigers team that won the franchise’s most recent World Series.Arizona fired Kevin Towers as General Manager earlier this month, long after it became clear that this was a lost season.Injuries were a big part of the problem.Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt had his season ended after four months by a broken hand after he was hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh reliever Ernesto Frieri.Slugger Mark Trumbo, the team’s key offseason acquisition, missed about two months because of a stress fracture in his left foot, and before the season, the Diamondbacks lost starter Patrick Corbin to Tommy John surgery.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Gareth Southgate feared he had missed his chance to manage England

first_img Marina Hyde Gareth Southgate: ‘Let Germany defeat be a warning for England’ Gareth Southgate Share on LinkedIn Topics Read more Share on Twitter “I feel hugely fortunate now,” said Southgate on the eve of England’s final Group G fixture against Belgium as he reflected on the decision made in the 48 hours after that defeat to Iceland. “It wasn’t what I wanted to do. I wanted it to go well for Roy, just as I later wanted it to go well for Sam [Allardyce]. So I didn’t think, when Roy left, there’d be any enthusiasm for an internal appointment, and I knew that my record with Middlesbrough – even though, for me, what I achieved with them in the first two years was better than anything I’ve done in the last couple of weeks – would be held against me as a manager.“You’re always judged on results without necessarily all of the context and all the understanding of where you are, that you’re learning.“But I remember Chris Coleman [then of Wales] after the European Championship saying: ‘You’ve got to go for things in life, and not be afraid to fail.’ That resonated with me because I’d probably just ruled myself out of taking on the [England] job. You know, if I was talking to young people or my own kids, I would be saying exactly those things, but I wasn’t living it myself. So I felt, then, actually I had to make sure that, if there are opportunities in life, you’ve got to go for them. Even as a young player, you maybe only get one World Cup. You assume there’ll be more, but you might only get one because of an injury or something else.”The suggestion at the time was that Southgate resented being taken for granted and harboured real concerns over how taking on the role, even in the short-term while the FA sounded out prospective candidates, could possibly benefit his future career. If successful in the qualifiers, he would merely end up handing over to the “first-choice” given he was clearly not being considered as a contender for the permanent position at that time. If the qualifiers went poorly, his reputation could be damaged beyond repair. So the perceived “yes man” duly made it clear he would say no. Share on Facebook Share via Email Back in Chantilly, Glenn had actually been seeking “an inspirational manager who can harness all the resources of the English game, everything we now have at St George’s Park, to make us more resilient in tournaments”. Hindsight suggests those are precisely the kind of qualities Southgate, overlooked at the time, may possess.In the two years since, the now 47-year-old has helped repair the disconnect that had gaped between team and public post-Euro 2016. “Our biggest tests are ahead,” he said. “But I feel there has been a process of rebuilding confidence and enthusiasm in the country behind the team. But I don’t think that’s just about winning matches. It’s about the way the guys conduct themselves.“Our public aren’t fools. They see when a team are together, they see when a team are proud to play for them. They see the style of play as well, and the different attributes that these boys have to maybe teams 15-20 years ago.“We’ve got a different type of player coming through our system. They’re working with top coaches, they’re more tactically aware, they’re technically better. They can really go and knock some barriers down of how we’re perceived. We’ve seen that with our junior teams and there’s no reason that can’t filter into our first-team.” Belgium His instincts then were to remain with the under-21s, with whom he had just won the Toulon tournament with a squad that included Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, before possibly pursuing another job in club management to broaden his development. The FA had not seen that coming. As it transpired, another unanticipated crisis three months later – the dismissal of Allardyce after one game in charge following a sting by an undercover reporter – would lead the FA to come begging once again. With the national team in dire need, Southgate found it harder to refuse.The favourable impression made over the seven-week interim stewardship that followed convinced him it was a role he would embrace on a full-time basis, and he has led this team to the World Cup, successive group wins in Russia, and a contest against Belgium in Kaliningrad to decide who tops the group, with a knockout fixture to follow. “I knew when somebody needed to step in with a couple of days’ notice [after Allardyce was sacked in September 2016] that I was the best person to do that and keep the team on track,” he said. “And then I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would.“But, also, I could see that the players were hungry enough and humble enough to be ready to take on board some of the ideas we were going to try to implement. So I thought it was worth having a go for. That’s probably the biggest thing I’m pleased with.” World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 playerscenter_img Read more news World Cup Share on Messenger England World Cup 2018 England’s unknown unknowns leave us clueless about their World Cup trajectory Read more Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Gareth Southgate has admitted he feels “hugely fortunate” to be leading England into the knockout phase of a World Cup after fearing he had passed up his chance for ever to manage the national team exactly two years ago on Thursday.The Football Association’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, had publicly and confidently suggested Southgate was “a pretty obvious one to pick” as an interim solution in the grim aftermath of England’s humiliating loss to Iceland at Euro 2016 while the governing body performed its intended exhaustive and global search to identify Roy Hodgson’s successor.The comments were made at a hastily arranged press conference at the team’s base in Chantilly, with no prior consultation with the then under-21s’ manager, and with England’s opening World Cup qualifier against Slovakia only nine weeks away. Yet, within hours, Southgate had made it known through the Guardian that he had no intention of taking the job as a stop-gap. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Ohio State Received Another Major Commitment This Morning

first_imgA general view of Ohio State's stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State just landed a commitment from Olney (Md.) Good Counsel three-star linebacker Mitchell Melton, beating out Michigan and Notre Dame in the process.Melton officially visited all three programs in June. He was at Notre Dame the weekend of June 7, Ohio State the weekend of June 14 and Michigan the weekend after that.In the end, the Buckeyes won out for the 6-foot-3, 235-pound outside linebacker.“I’d like to thank God, my family, friends, and coaches. Committed to The Ohio State University,” Melton wrote. I’d like to thank God, my family, friends, and coaches. Committed to The Ohio State University. #Gobucks-Proverbs 29:23 pic.twitter.com/3oScMfgcjZ— Mitchell Melton. (@m17m__) July 3, 2019Melton is the No. 19 player in Maryland and the 43rd-ranked outside linebacker in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He is the 17th 2020 commitment for Ohio State and the second in the last two days. Tight end Joe Royer pledged to the Buckeyes Tuesday night.Here’s an updated look at the OSU recruiting class.last_img read more

Harley-Davidson’s New Sportsters are Factory-Modified Street Machines

first_imgMoving to the Iron 1200, Harley-Davidson apparently wanted something more sinister, as the bike’s color of choice is gloss and matte black. Wheels, handlebars, seat, tank, motor, primary cover, and exhaust — everything has been blacked-out. The Iron 1200 also includes a set of Mini Ape handlebars, a new headlight cowl and mini windscreen, a Cafe-style solo seat, nine-spoke rims, and a 3.3-gallon Sportster tank.With the Forty Eight Special and Iron 1200, we can assume Harley-Davidson is searching for a saving grace. The company is in distress with year-over-year losses in both cash reserves and new purchases. First-time buyers are looking to Indian, Triumph, Honda, and even Kawasaki for products they’d previously get from Harley-Davidson.Here’s the rub: These might not be good enough to do what Harley-Davidson needs them to do (i.e. save the company). They’re good-looking motorcycles, but both are based on very old design in both function and form, and neither bike’s pricing is what you’d call enticing; the Forty Eight Special starts at $11,299 and the Iron 1200 at $9,999.However, Harley-Davidson is a brand that survives. It is the Bear Grylls of motorcycles. Harley-Davidson will scratch and scrape and claw its way out of certain doom. If we were betting individuals, we wouldn’t count Harley-Davidson out just yet. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Forty Eight Special features a new front end with wider forks to encompass a fatter front tire. The forks rise up to meet forged aluminum triple clamps, finished with a set of glossy black Tallboy handlebars. The rims have been murdered-out and wrapped in Michelin Scorcher 31 tires. The Forty Eight Special is then topped with a 2.2-gallon peanut tank, which in practice, is far too small for the company’s Evolution 1200 engine. What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Harley-Davidson is an American staple —  a company that is steeped in the country’s history and a brand looking to invigorate a generation that may or may not be as interested in motorcycles as previous crops. To that end, Harley-Davidson has released two factory custom models within the company’s lowest-price family of motorcycles: the Sportster Forty Eight Special and the Sportster Iron 1200.Image courtesy of Harley-DavidsonImage courtesy of Harley-DavidsonThe two motorcycles aim to capture a different market segment that Harley-Davidson has long neglected: cheap, fun, and badass-looking motorcycles. Both models include a new graphics package that was originally popular with the brand in the 1970s and a handful of parts-catalog specials, which differentiates them from the rest of the current Sportster lineup. The Best Cast Iron Camping Cookware Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Bureau of Standards Launches National Petroleum Codes

first_imgThe Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) has launched the National Petroleum Codes, which provide standards to govern the operations and conduct of all the stakeholders in the petroleum industry.The codes, developed through funding from the World Bank, address areas such as product handling, and occupational as well as health and safety requirements.Director of Energy in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Fitzroy Vidal, said the codes will assist in dealing with some of the challenges in the industry, including matters relating to environmental protection, insurance and quality product assurance.“We want to make sure that we do business in an organised way as we seek to develop the country,” he pointed out.He was speaking at the launch on November 30 at the BSJ’s corporate offices in Kingston.Chairman of the BSJ Standards Council, James Rawle, is urging all stakeholders to implement the standards in order to drive the petroleum sector.“Development of the National Petroleum Codes is a significant event given the critical nature and importance of the sector to the Jamaican people and economy,” he said.The Jamaican Standard (JS) National Petroleum Code consists of five standards. They are the JS 341 for Liquid Petroleum Products, which contains product specification for unleaded motor gasolene, unleaded E10 motor gasolene 90 index, and jet A-1 fuel; JS 342 for Petroleum Products and Liquefied Natural Gas; and JS 343 for Petroleum-based Lubricants, which contains classification and characteristics of the different types of lubricants.Others are the JS 344 for Product Chain of Custody, which details procedures for managing petroleum products to ensure control of product quality from point of production to final point of sale; and JS 345 for Biofuels, which contains the general requirements and variation of biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.The National Petroleum Codes are now officially gazetted as Jamaican Standards.As of December 1, the codes will be available for purchase through the BSJ’s Technical Information Centre (TIC). The cost per code ranges from $3,501.66 to $5,429.46.last_img read more

Offshore Wind Services’ Vessel Certified in …

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom The Crew transfer vessel Offshore Phantom, was successfully certified in accordance with the ILO’s Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) last week. This vessel, owned by Offshore Wind Services (OWS), is operating out of |Jmuiden and is the first of the fleet to be certified.In order to maintain the high standards for Workships Contractors’ (Workships) managed vessels and crew, Workships applied for the MLC 2006 certificate. The good team work between the crew of the Offshore Phantom, Crewing Manager Leenderd Spaans and Quality Control Officer Hong Kwan Lam lead to the successful hand over of the certificate. It was handed over at the Europort exhibition by auditor Thijs van der Wiel from marine surveyor company Van Woerkom, Nobels en Ten Veen to managing directorJan Dirk Hudig.The ILO’s Maritime Labour Convention 2006 provides comprehensive rights and protection at work for the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers. The Convention aims to achieve both decent  employment standards for seafarers, as well as secure economic interests in fair competition for quality ship-owners.A Maritime Labour Certificate and a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance are required to demonstrate compliance with the Convention for all ships in international trade.Workships Contractors B.V. is the manager for Offshore Wind Services (OWS), as well as its subsidiary Offshore Wind Power Marine Services Ltd. (OWPMS). Workships provide commercial,  operational and QHSE assistance from their offices in The Netherlands and the UK for the fleet of CTVs. Workships and OWS have an extensive track record in the offshore industry of 25 years and counts over  350.000 safe crew transfers in the Offshore Wind Industry since 2006. Presently they are operating CTVs in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany for companies such as Vattenfall, Dong Energy, RWE npower and ENECO. Print  Close Workships Contractors, November 14, 2013last_img read more

Editor of The Walrus resigns amid conversation about cultural appropriation

first_imgTORONTO – The editor-in-chief of a Canadian magazine has stepped down amid a contentious conversation about cultural appropriation in Canadian media and literature.A representative from The Walrus says Jonathan Kay resigned on Saturday evening.On Friday, Kay wrote an opinion piece in the National Post defending the right to debate cultural appropriation, when somebody takes an image or experience from a marginalized culture without permission, and claims it as their own.His piece was in response to backlash faced by Hal Niedzviecki, who resigned as editor of Write magazine and apologized for his article in the Writers’ Union of Canada publication, after drawing ire for appearing to endorse the unauthorized use of indigenous knowledge and traditions.After Niedzviecki resigned, a number of prominent figures in Canadian media pledged money to an appropriation prize.Kay wrote in his column that he believes in open debate about issues like cultural appropriation.But about Niedzviecki’s resignation, he wrote, “the careers of editors-in-chief are brief and unpredictable,” and he said he suspected he would eventually go the same way.“Perhaps all the sooner, thanks to this column,” he wrote.In an email, Kay wrote that his reasons for leaving the magazine were “somewhat mundane” — that his interests as an editor no longer aligned with the priorities of the organization that produces the magazine, the Walrus Foundation.“In recent years, the great success of Walrus Talks, which tend to feature a very different kind of content, have left their mark on the organization’s list of priorities,” he said of the lecture series that focuses on Canada’s role in the world.“It was my job to either respect that changing landscape or leave. I elected to leave. That’s my decision, and I don’t blame anyone for forcing me into it.”last_img read more

Final liquidation sales at Sears Canada begin as retailer fails to find

first_imgTORONTO – Sears Canada begins its liquidation sales Thursday at its stores across the country as it prepares to shut its doors for good after 65 years.A Sears Canada spokesman says customers can expect deep discounts of up to 50 per cent off at its 74 department stores, and up to 30 per cent off at its eight Home stores, Calgary has four locations.Liquidation sales at its 49 Sears Hometown stores are due to start today, or shortly, but discounts there will vary, the spokesman adds.The sales are expected to last between 10 to 14 weeks.Sears Canada timed its liquidation sales to take advantage of the busy holiday shopping season.The national retailer has been in creditor protection since June, but was unable to find a buyer which would allow it to keep operating.last_img

Trial begins over fuel spill in English Bay one defendant doesnt show

first_imgVANCOUVER – A port worker says he suspected large plumes of oil that were shining on the surface of the water in Vancouver’s harbour nearly three years ago was bunker fuel, based on the smell.A B.C. provincial court judge heard Monday that Mark James of the Port of Metro Vancouver responded to reports of a spill on April 15, 2015.“When you smell gasoline, you know the smell of gasoline,” James testified on the opening day of a trial for a company and vessel charged after the spill. “We knew it was bunker oil, which was serious.”The charges were laid after 2,700 litres of fuel leaked into English Bay.A judge earlier allowed the trial to go ahead even without one defendant attending the hearing.The Greek shipping firm Alassia NewShips Management Inc. and the vessel MV Marathassa face 10 environmental related charges, including alleged violations under the Fisheries Act and the Canadian Environment Protection Act.Alassia has denied ownership of the Marathassa and the company was not represented in court on Monday. Judge Kathryn Denhoff previously ruled the trial would proceed without Alassia’s participation, and she affirmed that decision as the trial began.Outside court, Crown attorney Jessica Lawn said Alassia is the alleged operator of the vessel and evidence supporting that assertion could be valuable to the case.“It’s the Crown’s duty to prove that Alassia, as charged on the information, committed the offences in the way that we’ve alleged,” she said.In his testimony, James said he spotted patches of oil as long as 4.5 metres and as wide as two metres while he tried to investigate the source. He described collecting samples and investigating about a half dozen vessels that were anchored in the bay at the time.When he boarded the Marathassa, James said the captain gave him a blank sheet of paper with the vessel’s letterhead so that he could take some of the notes he relied on in court.The Crown had James read the footer of the sheet to the court, which included Alassia’s name, address and contact information.Marathassa’s counsel, David Jones, was in court to cross-examine James.Alassia explained its reasons for not appearing in provincial court in a separate decision from the B.C. Supreme Court, saying to do so would indicate it recognizes the court’s authority to hear the case.In that case, the firm is fighting the process used to serve a summons. The court supported a justice of the peace’s certification of the summons in a ruling last fall, but Alassia has filed an appeal.Lawn said if convicted, the firm and vessel could face significant fines, with maximum penalty for some of the violations set at $4 million.First responders, investigators from Transport Canada and environmental experts are expected to testify in the coming weeks, Lawn said.The trial is scheduled to continue until April 20.last_img read more

Rafale review pleas Rahul contempt petition on May 10

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday said it would hear together on May 10 the pleas seeking review of its verdict on the Rafale fighter jet case and the contempt petition against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for allegedly attributing some remarks to it.A special bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that the petitions seeking review of its December 14 last year verdict would come up for hearing on May 10. The bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, expressed surprise as to how the review pleas and the contempt petition against Gandhi were listed separately on different dates when it had earlier ordered that both the cases will be heard together. “We are little perplexed that the two cases are listed on two different dates when the order was that these matters will be heard together,” the bench said.last_img read more

Morocco Has Comparative Advantage In Democracy And Human Rights Swedish official

first_imgRabat  –  Morocco has a comparative advantage in terms of promoting democracy and human rights, said, on Wednesday in Rabat, the speaker of the National Diet of Sweden (Swedish Parliament) Per Westerberg.We have a very positive relationship with the Kingdom of Morocco which has a comparative advantage in terms of strengthening democracy and respect for human rights, said Westerberg during a press conference on the sidelines of his two-day visit to the Kingdom. He added that Sweden supports the vision of the United Nations (UN) regarding the Sahara issue, and remains open to any discussion on the prospects in the region.  Economically, Westerberg expressed his country’s will to foster bilateral cooperation and remove obstacles hampering trade exchanges.last_img

Egyptian military engineers join UNAU mission in Darfur

They join 83 personnel already deployed in the area, and UNAMID said it expects it to come up to its full complement of 335 staff in the next few days.The contingent which arrived today – including construction, de-mining and water desalination platoons – has been assigned to the construction and maintenance of El Fasher airport.Yesterday, UNAMID’s head, Rodolphe Adada, met with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in Darfur and pointed out that the mission had thousands of containers awaiting “movement along the difficult and sometimes dangerous routes into Darfur.” Mr. Adada also called on the Government to ensure that the convoys reach their destinations safely. Also yesterday, UNAMID announced that it was continuing to suspend the temporary relocation of its non-essential UN personnel. Around 300 people were moved out of Darfur before the relocation was halted last Friday. Some 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed as a result of direct combat, disease or malnutrition since 2003. Another 2.7 million people have been displaced because of fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen known as the Janjaweed. 24 July 2008A contingent of 126 Egyptian engineers today arrived in El Fasher, Darfur, according to the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID). read more

Canadian tinkerers inventors scientists and engineers have changed the world

TORONTO — Zippers. Garbage bags. Paint rollers. Some items are so ingrained in our lives we don’t stop to consider life without them — how we would do up a jacket, take out the trash or give a wall a fresh coat of paint.But without the Canadians behind these inventions, all these tasks — and many more — would prove a little more difficult.Without Joseph Leopold Coyle’s “Eureka” moment more than 100 years ago, for example, carrying eggs home from the grocery store might be a whole lot messier.“There were ways of shipping eggs before Mr. Coyle, but the modern, paper container begins with him,” says Lorne Hammond, the curator of human history at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria.Coyle is among Canada’s countless tinkerers, inventors, scientists and engineers whose creations have changed the modern world. But his tale is also a cautionary one at a time Canadian governments are trying to figure out how to foster innovation that will drive the 21st century economy. While his invention remains used to this day, it never earned him a big payout.Many business leaders, academics and policy-makers say Canada must get better at converting the innovations and intellectual property that flow from its finest minds into successful global companies.Canada has a proud history of innovation and has “truly punched above its weight,” says Greg Dick, director of educational research at Perimeter Institute. The Waterloo, Ont., theoretical physics research hub is one of five organizations behind Innovation150, a year-long, cross-country tour designed to inspire youth to innovate.Perimeter itself was launched in 2000 with funds from the founders of BlackBerry, the smartphone pioneer that grew into a global player, but later lost most of its market share to foreign competitors.Dick rattles off a list of Canadian contributions to a wide variety of fields: time zones from Sir Sandford Fleming, dubbed the “Father of Standard Time;” basketball, courtesy of the imagination of Dr. James Naismith; more recently, a vaccine to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that began in 2013 designed by scientists at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.“The sunglasses for snow blindness? Invented by the Inuit in the Canadian Arctic,” he continues. “And, peanut butter? There’s a fun one. First patented by a Canadian. … We just really have done an incredible amount of contributing to society.”That’s backed up by the number of patents the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has granted since 1869, when it (then known as Consumer and Corporate Affairs) awarded Canada’s first patent to William Hamilton for his eureka fluid meter.In 1976, the federal agency granted the one millionth patent for “photodegradable polymer masterbatches” and, as of last year, surpassed 1.6 million approved patents with about 37,000 applications received annually over the past decade.But in a sign of how much innovation is going on elsewhere, only about 13 per cent of those applications come from Canadians, according to Agnes Lajoie, assistant commissioner of patents at CIPO. The organization would like that number to move higher.The office is working to raise awareness about the patent system among small- and medium-sized businesses in the country, focusing on high-growth sectors that are intellectual property intensive, like clean technology and aerospace, says Darlene Carreau, director general of CIPO’s business services branch.“Canadians are very innovative,” she says. “We don’t tend to toot our own horn or highlight our successes like other jurisdictions may, but I think we need to get better at doing that.”One of those early, little-known inventions came from Coyle, who secured a grade school education before working his way up from cleaner and newspaper delivery boy to founding The Interior News in 1910 (it continues to publish today).Back then, the paper’s office stood in what was known as Aldemere in British Columbia’s Bulkley Valley near a hotel that was the spot of frequent fighting between the hotelier and a farmer, Gabriel Lacroix. The owner hated that his regular order of eggs often arrived as a mess of runny yolks.One day, Coyle overheard this argument and that — as legend has it — was his a-ha moment. He set out to create a container to keep the eggs intact from coop to customer. In a 1917 patent application to CIPO, he described a “simple, inexpensive and safe” way to carry a dozen eggs at once in an egg box that suspended and supported each one without letting it touch the others. Coyle later obtained patents for several other countries as demand for his egg box grew.The “venture is going to beat the band and getting bigger and bigger every day,” Coyle wrote in a letter to his former newsroom colleagues in the winter of 1919, according to an article the paper published that year. A year later, however, he admitted in another article that an obstacle stood in the way of expansion: the cost of production.Coyle holed himself away for several weeks to fashion a machine that could manufacture his product less expensively and by the end of March 1920, it was operational.The newspaperman-turned-inventor also received patents for an automobile lock that prevented a steering wheel from moving until the device was removed, a match safe that divvied out one match at a time and could trim the end of a cigar, and a cash till that could separate coins by amount and dispense them individually.“He was just, sort of, an inventive soul,” says Kira Westby, the curator at the Bulkley Valley Museum in Smithers, B.C.Coyle worked with distributors and set up his own factories in Canada and America to make the cartons. But by the 1950s, Hammond says, Coyle faced major competition from others creating simpler egg cartons from plastic rather than moulded pulp.Coyle simply couldn’t keep up with the change in the industry, his daughter Ellen Myton, who died just before the new millennium at the age of 87, said when she spoke about her father’s legacy with the British Columbia Historical News in 1982.“Conversion of the plant to new machinery and methods would have involved huge expenditure,” she said.“As is so often the case with inventors, he was no match for the sharp practices of big business and their sharper lawyers,” his daughter said. “The Coyle carton made several millionaires, but dad was not one of them.”Her father died at the age of 100 on April 18, 1972. His death certificate identified him the “inventor of paper boxes.”“It’s quirky, and yet it’s everyday. Everyone’s familiar with it,” says Hammond. “We still buy eggs lined out in two rows in the same way that Coyle visualized it.”Dick believes Canadians, like Coyle, are creative, thoughtful and willing to take risks, but the Canadian psyche tends to not realize we can be world leaders.“We’re exactly at that right time in history where we can sort of shift that mind set,” he says.Among those pushing for change is former BlackBerry co-CEO Jim Balsillie, who said in a recent essay that Canada has the most superficial discourse around innovation policy in any of the 140 countries in which he has done business. He said a successful intellectual property (IP) sector relies on a tightly designed ecosystem of highly technical interlocking policies focused on scaling up companies.The Canadian government also made innovation a focus of its March 22 budget, using the term more than 200 times. It said it would place “big bets” on sectors including clean technology, agri-food and advanced manufacturing.One area where Canada is now leading is the quantum space, Dick says, saying the country’s researchers in Waterloo, Ont., are believed to be about 15 months ahead of the rest of the world.He compares the anticipated upcoming second quantum revolution with what happened in Silicon Valley during the digital revolution.“Being ahead of the curve puts us in the ideal position to attract talent, to attract investors, to just be that hotbed of that innovation into a whole new way to see the world and to change the world.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

President told his term is limited to five years

The President’s office said that two different views had been expressed in legal, civil and political circles about the duration of the term of Presidency after the enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.In order to dispel this confusion, the President had sought the opinion of the Supreme Court regarding the actual term of office. According to the powers vested on the President under the Constitution, the President has the right to seek the opinion of the Supreme Court. The former Presidents who held office had also sought the opinion of the Supreme Court during their tenures. (Colombo Gazette) The five judge bench of the Supreme Court last week held an open court hearing to determine the number of years the President can hold office. President Maithripala Sirisena has been told by the Supreme Court his term is limited to only five years.The Presidential Secretariat said that the Supreme Court had communicated this to the President after the President had sough the advise of the court. A five judge bench had been appointed by the Supreme Court to decide on President Maithripala Sirisena’s term in office. read more

Young people worldwide can determine the future of migration says UN senior

The meeting was focussed on promoting best practices and recommendations on all areas relevant to youth and migration policy, including making young people a part of the decision-making process, empowering young migrants, and countering hate speech against vulnerable people on the move.In his opening speech to the meeting, António Vitorino, Director General of IOM, declared that, with 1.8 billion young people – those aged between 10 and 24 – in the world today, it is essential to ensure that they are given the opportunity to determine their own futures.Pointing to the recent protests by schoolchildren against climate change that have taken place in many countries, Mr. Vitorino said that this shows that today’s youth is already finding its voice: “The question is whether we are ready to listen, and act.”With many young people finding job opportunities limited in their home countries, he continued, they are taking extensive risks, to find a better life overseas. But, he said, while “risk-taking is a characteristic of the young, and one that drives our societies forward with each new generation, such risks should not be taken at the cost of lives or livelihoods.”António Vitorino also emphasised the importance of education to young migrants, many of whom are denied access to training opportunities in host countries, and experience discrimination in schools. He called on governments to ensure that they are treated “equally, with dignity, and full respect for their human rights.”Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the General Assembly, also took up the theme of risk-taking by young migrants. She mentioned the migrant death toll, estimated at more than 60,000 since the beginning of the century, and the thousands of human trafficking victims. Those young migrants who successfully make it to a desired destination country may face, she said, the “cruel practice’ of separation from their parents by the authorities, xenophobia, racism and other forms of intolerance.Ms. Espinosa and Mr. Vitorino were joined on the podium by Jayathma Wickramanayake, The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, who raised the importance of the UN’s Youth 2030 strategy, which aims to scale up global, regional and national actions to meet young people’s needs, and described the International Dialogue as “an important step” on the way to engaging “the most marginalized young people.”Ms. Wickramanayake said that she was “deeply worried” by the largely negative narrative and political polarization surrounding migration, calling for more recognition to be given to the important role that young people play in “the achievement of sustainable development and their positive contributions to origin and host communities.”The International Dialogue on Migration was created in 2001 by the IOM, to provide a forum for policy dialogue between policy dialogue between host and destination countries, civil society, migrants, experts and other relevant parties. read more

Opinion NBA makes right move in punishing LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sits courtside with V. Stiviano during a game against the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center in October 2013.Credit: Courtesy of MCTBanned for life.That is the exact punishment handed down to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling by NBA commissioner Adam Silver Tuesday, after an audio recording was leaked over the weekend that captured Sterling making racist comments to his girlfriend.Silver not only banned Sterling for life, but also fined him $2.5 million, which is the maximum fine allowed by the NBA constitution. Silver said in a press conference the money will go toward “organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts” to be decided on by the NBA and its players association.Silver absolutely made the right decision, and should be commended for acting quickly and appropriately.The comments made by Sterling have no place in sports or in society. Thanks to the leadership of Silver, they did not go unpunished.One can only hope the reaction of the players and fans, which has thus far been professional, remains that way.I not only feel awful for the black community, but for those within the Clippers organization, especially the players who are in the midst of a highly competitive playoff series with the Golden State Warriors.As a former athlete at the high school level and club level in college, I know that off the field – or in this case, court – situations can sometimes disrupt one’s ability to perform, and I hope not only the Clippers, but all NBA players, will be able to rise above this situation and continue to succeed on the court.I also hope this situation does not cause any sort of issue between players of different races in the locker room. One would hope in today’s society this would not be a problem, however, Sterling’s comments should not be a part of today’s society either.Some people have suggested players and fans alike boycott the upcoming playoff games, but I feel that action would prove nothing. Sure, Sterling won’t profit from the upcoming games, but what of the players who have worked so hard all season and are chasing a championship?I firmly believe once that first whistle blows, all outside circumstances cease and it is strictly a game. The focus is on the game and that alone.I do not believe I am alone in saying that I hope the NBA owners vote to eliminate Sterling permanently, and I believe we as an American society would emerge from this stronger and more united.As a white male, I cannot begin to understand what the black community must feel, or the distrust that must be felt by those associated with the Clippers organization. I can, however, offer them my full support in the hope that justice will be served and Sterling will be rightfully punished for his actions. read more